An estimated 200 Mason County PUD No. 3 customers are still without electricity as of 3 PM Saturday afternoon as the outage restoration has been aided by an afternoon lull in the weather. Most of the customers involved are mostly scattered and isolated outage pockets. PUD 3 officials expect to have most electrical customers back on line this evening.
Collisions and tree limbs are piling up on state highways, the Washington State Department of Transportation said today. Drivers may face long delays from icy conditions and road and lane closures throughout the state. WSDOT crews are dealing with collisions and trees down as freezing rain adds weight to branches laden with snow. Crews in some areas need to wait until it’s safe to go in and clear the highway.
Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued a proclamation that ensures the delivery of valuable dairy products across Washington state. The proclamation would also – if needed – allow the activation of the Washington National Guard, and free up state agencies to take extraordinary steps to help local jurisdictions during the current winter storm.